French manicures remain timeless classics that never really go out of fashion. Seen on celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande and Rochelle Humes alike, they make for the ideal way to elevate any manicure without going too far in terms of appearance.
Start by applying French tips over clean nail plates. Prepare them by pushing back cuticles with an orange stick or cotton bud dipped in acetone.
Base coat is designed to act as a thick barrier that keeps nail polish dyes and pigments from staining your natural nails, especially if you frequently wear vibrant hues. Furthermore, this protective layer extends the longevity of your manicure by stopping its chips by creating an elastic surface with sticky adhesion.
Base coats are an integral component of French manicures, but they’re also great choices for anyone wanting to experiment with nail art. For an easy and feminine take on classic French looks, consider painting your tips with various pastel hues for a feminine twist – or add glitter for added fun!
This non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free base coat features an exclusive combination of ingredients such as rapeseed flower oil for strengthening, cucumber extract for hydrating, garlic bulb extract for fortifying and evening primrose oil for rejuvenation. The thick brush allows you to easily cover every nail at one swipe with this fast-drying formula; making this base coat ideal for use during gel manicures.
Pink or Beige
The classic French manicure has long been a timeless trend. This timeless beauty boasts a light pink or beige base coat topped with a white tip on each free edge of the nail for a polished yet natural finish – ideal for any special event or celebration!
If you prefer something other than the standard pink and beige hues, why not switch things up by opting for pastel colors for your base coat? Or try matte or metallic top coat for even greater impact?
Once your base coat is dry, add clear polish to the tips to set them apart from the rest of the nails. Next use either a striping brush or nail art stickers to draw a smile line along the free edge of each nail; or purchase a nail kit which contains scotch tape or painter’s tape that will assist you in creating an even smile line.
French manicures come in various styles and looks; each look can be just as chic. To give your French manicure an updated look, add nail art at the tips of your nails; this can show off your personality and creativity!
An elegant French manicure with glitter accents is another fantastic choice that can make any special event unforgettable. This chic style can add sparkle and shine to your ensemble!
Try giving your nails an ombre effect for an eye-catching display that works on all nail shapes and lengths. It will bring out their full potential!
Use of a white nail polish pen is another effective option for beginners as it makes the process much simpler and more precise. Be sure to hydrate both before and after using this method so as not to damage cuticles with polish. Also avoid low-grit nail file buffers or applying excessive pressure when buffing as this may damage their surfaces and surface of nails.
Final step involves applying a top coat to seal in and protect the polish, prevent chipping and provide additional shine and wear protection. Nail techs typically apply two layers of top coat before waiting for each to dry completely before adding more. A top coat provides added shine while protecting color against wear-and-tear.
A classic French manicure exudes sophistication. However, modern versions include unique color choices and spacing details, accents or designs to bring out its charms.
Try going bolder with your look by opting for a black and white manicure. Its neutral hue goes with any attire, while its off-white tips create a vine motif which pairs well with organic wedding gowns that feature floral appliques.